Peace. Joy. Belonging. Our souls long for these things, and find them in this collection of poems and practices that invite us into deep and nourishing connections with nature, Spirit, and creativity.
Space Between the Stones offers inspiration in small but satisfying portions. In just a few moments, we can open to any page and be uplifted by a brief poem, a simple practice, or a lovely illustration.
The poems surprise and delight, illuminating the extraordinary in the ordinary: the exuberance of sprouting seeds, the fertility of stillness, even the travels of a pair of swim goggles. At turns peaceful, playful, and provocative, they reveal a passionate love affair with nature and a friendly fluency with everyday spirituality. They speak to the place within us that longs to experience direct communion with Earth and Spirit—or at least senses it is possible.
The practices show us how easy and enjoyable it can be to invite nature, Spirit, and creativity to flow into our lives. They reveal that these three primal connections are always available to us, and often more readily than we expect.
Each time we choose a moment of deeper connection, we create a small oasis of calm and stillness. The more we do this, the more numerous and expansive these oases become, and the easier they are to access.
Together, these poems and practices remind us that we are never truly alone, but always part of something vast and beautiful. They invite us to step out of the frantic swirl of the modern world and into a realm in which all life is intelligent, all beings are our kin, and we are all naturally creative.
Like Poems of Earth and Spirit, Space Between the Stones is a book that keeps on giving. A portion of the sales is donated to TreeSisters, a grassroots network that plants over a million trees a year in the tropics.
2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
Also available in these unique local stores:
- Santa Cruz: Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Homeless Garden Project store
- Other Central Coast locations: the Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe and Slow Coast in Pescadero
Contact Kai to order multiple copies at a discount or pick them up locally.
Praise for Space Between the Stones:
“Zen poet meets Earth goddess. Kai’s writing is graced by a sense of calm and spaciousness and rooted in an earthy mix of sensuality, playfulness, and wisdom.”
—Mary Reynolds Thompson, author of Reclaiming the Wild Soul
“Down to Earth and deeply spiritual… living poetry that invites us to taste the mystery… and the beauty and wonder of life.”
—Bob Stahl, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook and four other books on mindful living
“Come to these pages and find refuge—from lives made too busy, from the incessant drumbeat of bad news, from the lure and grip of technology… [here] we can be reminded of our primal connections.”
—Michael Ableman, farmer and author of On Good Land, Fields of Plenty, and Street Farm
“[A] unique voice and mastery of lightness, surprise, humor and profound wisdom… a true gift for these changing times and world.”
—From the foreword by Ian Shamir, author of Advice from a Tree
“These evocative poems and simple practices invite us into a direct and open-hearted relationship with Earth and Spirit that can sustain us and give us hope in these challenging times.”
—Linda Buzzell, co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind
“Kai’s poems (and life!) are a deep bow to the Earth. Words of sweet intimacy with trees, flowers, seeds, and rivers spring from her heart and spirit, drawing us into a deeper communion with the beauty and aliveness all around us.”
—Ariana Candell, LMFT and founder of The Earthbody Institute